Jesse Gibbon is a native of Hamilton and was drafted by the Tiger-Cats this past Thursday. It’s only fitting, then, that he’s headed to the NFL’s version of Steeltown.

Gibbon has accepted a mini-camp invitation from the Pittsburgh Steelers set to take place this upcoming weekend. The Waterloo offensive lineman had an excellent senior season and a strong showing at the CFL national combine, resulting in his selection at second overall.

Interest in Gibbon grew over the course of the off-season with two teams trying to trade up to select the Warriors’ left tackle on draft day.

Gibbon won’t be the only Canadian player there with fellow OUA offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais also set to take part.

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John Hodge is a lifelong follower of the CFL who has been writing about the league since 2014. He is a two-time finalist of the Jon Gott lookalike contest.